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Sunday, 08 December 2013 17:42

Why Hunting is Good for Kids and Families

young hunter with mentor takes aimThis is the story of six young hunters (four boys, two girls) and their dads who spent an unforgettable weekend hunting and learned lessons of a lifetime, courtesy of the Texas Youth Hunting Program (TYHP) and the Carter P. Smith family which hosted the event at their Hill Country ranch. Sit back and enjoy their story, “Deer Hunt on the Dobbs,” by Carter Smith for Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine.

Now in its 17th year, TYHP pairs the hunters with willing landowners and teams of trained volunteer “huntmasters” who lead the youth hunts and serve as the instructors, mentors, safety officers, guides and camp cooks. To date, thousands of kids, more than half of whom had never hunted before, have participated in the program. Hear from some program kids and mentors in this short video.

Everyone gets something from the experience. Landowners enjoy the immense satisfaction of hosting a group of boys and girls eager to experience the thrill of a hunt out in the country. For the youth and their parents, it’s priceless time afield together on a private ranch sharing a time-honored outdoor activity. Volunteer huntmasters describe perhaps the best gift of all, the reward of simply “giving back.”